Champagne Latitude Extra-Brut
In the past, this cuvée was known as “Tradition”, a name chosen in the 1970’s by Pierre’s parents.
The name “Latitude” was chosen to characterise better this very round cuvée, with its rich, charming style.
It is made exclusively from Chardonnay grapes which all come from the same “latitude”: the south of Vertus. A generous terroir and grapes picked fully ripe: the Latitude cuvée is the festive Champagne par excellence, which nonetheless retains the characteristic purity of the estate’s Champagnes.
This non-vintage cuvée contains 40% of wines coming from the estate’s perpetual reserve started in 2004.
Vinification and Maturation
The grapes are pressed gently, the juices are clarified very slightly and then go directly into wood. The natural alcoholic fermentation (indigenous yeasts) and the malolactic fermentation begin spontaneously in the Stockinger casks and vats. The wines are matured on the lees during their first year, with no filtering or fining being carried out.
The blending and the tirage are carried out in July. The bottles are taken down into the coolness of the cellars and stacked on lattes, the second fermentation takes place and maturation goes on for at least two more years. Each bottle is disgorged by hand 6 months before being marketed. The dosage is only 4 g/l (extra brut!).
Harmony and roundness
Charming at any time of day (or night…), its harmonious and fully round character will delight any palate. Ready to drink now, but you can also keep it for 2 or 3 years
Wine Advocate – May 2020 – 91 points
« Based on the 2016 vintage and disgorged in December 2018, the latest release of Larmandier-Bernier’s NV Extra-Brut Blanc de Blancs Latitude bursts with a generous bouquet of yellow orchard fruit, peach, blanched almonds and white flowers that’s less citrusy and stony than the corresponding Longitude. Full-bodied, broad and textural on the palate, it’s fleshy and enveloping, with ripe but racy acids and a muscular core of fruit, concluding with an expansive finish. The contrast between the Larmandier’s two non-vintage cuvées couldn’t be more obvious.»